Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Hawk Nelson – The Overflow Devo”. It is 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
One of the blessings of being a Christian artist is the ability to use the musical gifts God has given us to praise His name. This song represents that in a great way. The opening guitar riff lets you know that we’re about to get into some good ol’ Rock & Roll and that unlocks the door for the lyrics to tell a wonderful story about how to serve our Savior.
We can change the world and make a difference if we just believe, but where does that start? In Romans 12, we see Paul penning one of his most important letters. Rome was a big goal for this first generation Christian. There was a lot of power and influence there, so he knew to change the world, he’d have to change Rome. In the 2nd verse of chapter 12 Paul says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” He’s laying out the road map for us to learn how to test what God’s will is, what His divine appointment for us will be.
When we know that, when we know how God has gifted us and what His plan is for us, then He can show us the role we can play to glorify His kingdom here on earth. Hebrews 13:8 tells us, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and because HE stays the same, WE can change the world!
Is it time for all God’s people to say, Okay, here we go? YES!
We as Christians can change the world. We all have our own unique talents to do so. Some can make beautiful art, some can make films, and some can simply talk to another person all the while connecting with them. This seems like quite a responsibility, right? Well… it is. We can swing people to or away from Jesus. Being a Christian Atheist is a sure fire way to turn people away from Christ. On the other hand living, like Christ has called us to can show others how His love makes all the difference. When you wonder why God doesn’t help the needy, just look in the mirror. That is what we are here for.